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Footballguys #257 - 1/3 - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #257 -- Thursday Night, January 3rd, 2019

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Welcome to Friday. We've got some News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

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1. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton questionable

Source: Colts.com

Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) is questionable to play in the wild-card round of the playoffs this weekend.

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Hilton has been battling this ankle injury for some time, but he produced nine catches over the final two weeks of the regular season in must win games. He's missed practice this week but should be ready to rock against the Texans on Saturday.

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2. PHI - QB Nick Foles practicing Thursday

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (neck) was practicing Thursday, Jan. 3.

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Foles is starting for the Eagles in the Wild Card Round. They travel to play the Bears on Sunday, and Foles will be facing a defense that is among the best in the league. The Bears finished 7th in the league in terms of pass defense by only allowing an average of 219.7 yards through the air per game.

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3. SEA - OLB K.J. Wright will have no limitations

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright (knee) is fully back without limitations and will be able to play every snap if needed in the team's Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 5, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Wright played 47 of 66 snaps in the regular season finale against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Wright is part of a dynamic duo at linebacker with Bobby Wagner but they have only played together in five games this year. The Cowboys linebackers have been special this year, but when healthy Seattle's duo is among the best in the league.

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4. IND - Indy makes change to practice squad

Source: NFLCommunications.com

Free-agent CB Jalen Collins was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad Thursday, Jan. 3. The team also released LB Anthony Winbush from their practice squad.

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Collins was a 2015 second round pick of the Falcons, but had multiple suspensions for substance abuse and performance-enhancing drug policy violations before they released him. He was reinstated during this season and briefly was on the active roster last week.

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5. DAL - Thursday's Dallas practice report

Source: FOXSportsSouthwest.com - Mike Fisher

Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving (ankle) and OG Xavier Su'a-Filo (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 3. S Darian Thompson (groin) and WR Tavon Austin (groin) were limited, while DE Tyrone Crawford (neck), OG Zack Martin (knee), OT Tyron Smith (neck) and LB Sean Lee (hamstring) practiced in full. Irving has already been ruled out for the club's Wild Card playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 5, while Su'a-Filo has been tabbed doubtful and Austin and Thompson are being considered questionable.

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Austin made an appearance in Week 17 and could add some speed to the Cowboys offense. Irving's presence in the middle of the line has been almost non-existent this year, with only two games played.

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6. CHI - Thursday practice report for Bears

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears OG Kyle Long (non-injury) and LB Aaron Lynch (elbow) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 3. S Eddie Jackson (ankle) was limited during practice.

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Jackson is trending towards playing, which boosts the playmaking ability of the Bears defense. He scored on interception returns twice in his last five games and picked off four passes in that stretch.

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7. CHI - WR Allen Robinson practices in full

Source: ChicagoBears.com

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (ribs) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 3.

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The Bears should have their full complement of wide receivers and they all practiced in full despite missing some or all of Week 17.

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8. LAC - Thursday practice report for LAC

Source: Chargers.com

Los Angeles Chargers LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) and DT Brandon Mebane (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 3. SS Jahleel Addae (shoulder), OG Dan Feeney (knee) and OT Sam Tevi (groin) fully participated in practice.

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Brown was already in because of injuries. If he's out Sunday, the Chargers will be even thinner at linebacker against the top running game in the league in December.

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9. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins not on injury report

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 3, but is not on the injury report for the Wild Card playoff game.

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Hopkins has been limited in practice by various injuries all season long. He's good to go and ready to shine in the Wild Card Round. The Texans are at home Saturday to take on the Colts.

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10. HOU - WR Keke Coutee officially questionable

Source: HoustonTexans.com

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 3, but is listed as questionable for the Wild Card playoff game.

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Coutee could be back in action for the Texans this week. A hamstring injury severely limited during his rookie season but the speed and run-after-the-catch ability he has when healthy can be quite dangerous. Having Coutee out there would be a boost for the Texans passing game.

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11. IND - Full practice for TE Eric Ebron

Source: Colts.com

Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron (rest) was a full practice participant Thursday, Jan. 3.

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Ebron just had to get some rest this week. The team is preparing for a matchup against the Texans on Saturday in the Wild Card Round. Having Ebron out there will be a boost for the Colts offense.

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12. PIT - Ka'Raun White joins Pittsburgh

Source: Steelers.com - Burt Lauten

Free-agent WR Ka'Raun White (Bengals) was signed to a Reserve/Futures contract by the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Jan. 3.

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Kevin White's little brother is close to Morgantown and playing for maybe the best organization in the league at developing wide receivers.

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13. CAR - QB Taylor Heinicke had surgery

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke (elbow) recently underwent surgery to repair a partially torn triceps in his left arm, according to a source.

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It was originally reported that he would not need surgery. Heinicke is set to be an exclusive rights free agent in 2019. This surgery could cause him to miss some time in the offseason.

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14. DET - Detroit signs two players

Source: DetroitLions.com

Free-agents P Ryan Santoso (Lions) and RB Kerwynn Williams (Chiefs) were signed to Reserve/Futures contracts by the Detroit Lions Thursday, Jan. 3.

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Williams has speed to burn and we'll keep monitoring him in crazy deep dynasty leagues. The Lions could use him as a return man or just depth at the RB position if he ends up making the 53-man roster later in the year.

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15. MIN - QB Kirk Cousins has confidence of coach

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Chris Tomasson

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has the backing of head coach Mike Zimmer who spoke at a news conference Thursday, Jan. 3. 'I have a lot of confidence in Kirk Cousins,' said Zimmer, who predicted the quarterback will play well next year.

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Cousins was a 4,000-yard passer for the fourth year in a row in 2018, and he finished the season with 30 touchdowns to only 10 interceptions. The Vikings didn't make the playoffs after making it all the way to the NFC Championship Game last year with Case Keenum as their starter. Cousins has two years remaining on his fully guaranteed deal with the pressure increasing to pay off with a championship run.

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16. IND - Optimism surrounds Ryan Kelly

Source: FOX 59 Indianapolis - Mike Chappell

Indianapolis Colts C Ryan Kelly (neck) practiced Thursday, Jan. 3, and head coach Frank Reich said he is optimistic about his chances of playing in Saturday's wild-card game in Houston after a good week.

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Kelly's presence would give a boost to Marlon Mack and the Colts running game.

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17. NYJ - Adam Gase to meet Jets Friday

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero

Former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase will interview with the New York Jets Friday, Jan. 4.

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Gase has a bright offensive mind but things didn't work out for him in Miami. This is the second known interview for the young coaching candidate. Gase would be exciting for the Jets to add given their skill position talent...and oh yeah, QB Sam Darnold.

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18. JAX - RB Leonard Fournette unlikely to be cut

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is not expected to be released during the offseason, according to NFL.com's Tom Pelissero.

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Fournette was criticized by Tom Coughlin, the team's executive vice president of football operations, for 'disrespectful' behavior during the team's Week 17 loss, and there were also reports that the remaining guaranteed money in Fournette's contract was voided by the Jaguars due to his suspension earlier in the season.

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19. MIN - RB Latavius Murray wants to start

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Andrew Krammer

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray said he is open to re-signing with the Vikings this offseason but is not content to being in the backup role and wants to start in 2019.

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Murray could be productive in a downhill running game but needs a good offensive line to succeed. Veteran backs usually take a step down in role when they have to go through a cycle of the free agent market with so many talented runners entering via the draft every year.

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20. DEN - Chuck Pagano interviews with Denver

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano interviewed for the Denver Broncos' vacant head coaching position on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

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Pagano's Colts blew multiple fourth quarter leads in 2017 and he seemed bewildered by the trend. The league seems to be weighting head coaching experience heavily in their searches again.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys.

We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J